Beau Constantia, Aidan 2017

(3 reviews)

The 2017 vintage was exceptional, with perfect conditions in place for healthy vines and small, concentrated berries.

The grapes for this wine hail from sites up in the Constantia mountains, some 350 metres above sea level. The yield is low offering precise, delicious wines.

This blend is predominantly Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Malbec and Merlot used as well.

It’s an expressive, powerful wine. Expect notes of cassis, clove, plum and blackberry. Intense and bold on the palate, but with balance and finesse.

94pts | IWSC 2021

£24.99

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Constantia

Red Blend

LightFull Bodied

Description

The Year
The 2017 vintage was exceptional. The preceding growth season saw winter arriving slightly late, though providing enough cold units to break dormancy. A timely Spring and a warmer-than-usual August induced early, even bud burst in our earlier varieties. A cool September had the later varieties hang back, where budburst followed the usual cycle. October and November brought large diurnal shifts with cool nights and warmer, drier, days – greatly beneficial for flowering and berry set. The dry season resulted in healthy vineyards with low disease pressure and very little risk for rot. Furthermore, dry conditions resulted in healthy grapes and small, concentrated berries. Substantial variation between night and day temperatures during ripening promoted colour and flavor formation, whilst allowing grapes to preserve higher levels of acidity. Harvest kicked off on time. Though a dry season, the average temperatures during the 2017 harvest period were lower than usual, allowing for the grapes to ripen more slowly and benefit from the longer hang time in the vineyard. Exceptional stuff.

The Wine
The grapes were hand harvested, gently destemmed and berry-sorted before being batch-vinified in small fermentation vessels. The wine was matured in 225L French oak barrels (50% new, 37% second fill and 13% third fill) for 18 months before bottling and is unfined and only lightly filtered. The AIDAN 2017 is, despite its youth, incredibly elegant. It shows upfront characteristics of blackcurrant with subtle nuances of star anise, white pepper and clove on the nose. The concentration of fruit on the nose unwinds onto a generous palate with further layers of dark fruit and morish plum providing a juicy tartness to the wine’s supple, silky smooth texture.

Additional information

Alcohol vol

14.5%

Grape

Red Blend

Origin

Constantia

Vintage

2017

Wine Farm

Rich, savoury slow cooked dishes.

3 reviews for Beau Constantia, Aidan 2017

  1. 91pts | Platter’s

    Syrah component raised to 39% in 2017, with petit verdot, cab & malbec, showing less muscle, more refinement than 2016 (4 stars, 89 pts). Delightful earthy notes with black cherries & cassis, plush ripe tannins. 20 months in barrel, 54% new.

    Platter’s 2022

  2. 90pts | Tim Atkin

    ​​Aidan is an ambitious and – for Constantia – unusual four-way blend of mostly Syrah with 61% Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Dark, sinewy and concentrated, with lots of tannic backbone, damson and blackberry fruit and well-integrated 54% new oak. 2022-27

    Tim Atkin 2020 SA Report

  3. 94pts | IWSC 2021

    Attractively spicy with aromas of oak and flora combining with fresh red fruit on the nose. Nicely concentrated with sweet spices interlacing the well-balanced, juicy palate.

    IWSC 2021

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